Gardens for Wildlife

The Gardens for Wildlife scheme (GFW) was launched in August 2008. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary and non-binding. The scheme aims to encourage and recognise people who wish to make their property friendly for local wildlife and the environment. The scheme has been developed as a sister program to the long-running Tasmanian Land for Wildlife scheme.

By joining GFW you clearly demonstrate your support and commitment to protecting wildlife species and habitat. You can contribute to bringing nature home by welcoming wildlife to share your garden and by providing a healthy environment for them to do so. Environment - friendly practices are very important too, as what you do in your garden can affect other places far beyond your garden boundaries.

Membership to GFW only costs $16.50 and is open to anyone who wishes to show their support for protecting wildlife species and habitat. No matter how small your garden - regardless of whether it is just plant containers, or a courtyard, roof top garden, deck or larger space - we can all contribute to the survival of wildlife and increase awareness of protecting our natural diversity.

As at July 2017, there were 584 GFW members covering 2,830 hectares.


Benefits of membership to the GFW scheme include:
  • Contributing to the conservation of local plants and animals;
  • More time to enjoy your garden by reducing maintenance time and costs;
  • Reducing excess water through wise water use, such as mulching and use of local native plant species which are better able to tolerate drought;
  • Benefits from having native birds and insects in your garden through natural pest control (no need for chemicals), increased pollination and fruit/flower set leading to better production;
  • Increased environmental awareness; and
  • Access to the members only section of the Gardens for Wildlife website.
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Flashes of iridescent blue in the garden

Female and male fairy wren
Photo: 10 yr old Tom Davies

A familiar and well recognised visitor to many gardens across south-eastern Australia is the superb fairy wren, also known as the blue wren or fairy wren. These are active little birds that hop about erratically searching for insects and other invertebrates to eat - so they are good pest controllers in the garden.

Male breeding fairy wrens are highly visible as they develop a bright iridescent blue plumage on their forehead, ear coverts, mantle and tail with a black mask and deep blue chest.  Females and not-breeding males are not so vibrant in colour, with grey-brown plumage, but they are equally delightful birds to watch.

Fairy wrens can be found in a wide range of habitats from open forest and woodland to scrub where suitable dense understorey occurs.  They are common birds in urban parks and gardens.  They tend to stay in the one area and can be very territorial - for a small bird, they can be quite vocal, especially when in full song.

- Iona Mitchell


Read the full article about superb fairy wrens in the June 2017 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

  The Running Postman June 2017   (866Kb)


Additional information

If you would like more information about becoming a member of GFW please visit the Gardens for Wildlife website or fill out an application form.

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Gardens for Wildlife Coordinator
Iona Mitchell
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4409